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Monday, January 6, 2014

Bump on a Blog: What's in a Name?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

click image Looks like I was part of a name fad. - FROM THE BABY NAME WIZARD
  • From The Baby Name Wizard
  • Looks like I was part of a name fad.
I don't give much thought to my own name on a daily basis. So why do I worry so much about finding the perfect name for my child?

My mom's choice — Megan — didn't have any family connection. It wasn't a name she had always loved. Megan seemed to come to her on a pregnancy-hormone-induced whim.

My mom spent the month leading up to my birth, in 1983, watching — and weeping through — the romantic TV miniseries The Thorn Birds. She named me after Meggie Cleary, the beautiful young protagonist who falls in love, tragically, with a priest.

I was never crazy about Megan. I thought it was boring — perhaps because, as you can see in the chart at right, everyone else born in the '80s seemed to share it with me. 

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Megan James

Megan James

Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.


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